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The first Tabb High graduating class was given the choice of school mascot. Back in that time, the CB radios were a big thing, so they had the opportunity to be the Tabb Truckers… whew! Not sure why the Tabb Tiger was put in as a choice, but sure glad it was chosen.
THE BATTLE OF BIG BETHEL
10 June 1861
The Battle of Big Bethel (Tabb and Hampton) was the first land battle in Virginia and a minor confederate victory early in the American Civil War. Union forces had retained control of Fort Monroe, at the tip of the Virginia Peninsula. From Fort Monroe an expedition was planned to capture Little Bethel and Big Bethel, with the intention of expanding the area under Union control. General Ebenezer W. Pierce was the expedition’s commander leading 2,500 to 3,500 men. His opponent was Colonel John Magruder. who commanded 300 to 400 men, but with more artillery.
The Union expedition never got off on the right foot from the beginning. One regiment was not given the watchword, and sadly attacked one of their own Union regiments. When thy finally came upon the Confederates at Big Bethel, Magruder’s Union Regiment had a strong position but failed to defeat Pierce’s much larger force. The Union attempted many futile attacks on the Confederates before finally retreating. Union losses were 76 , while Confederate losses were only 8.
Tabb High Graduate: First woman to lead a top-tier U.S. Combat Command
15 February 2018
Gen. Lori Robinson, the U.S. Northern Commander, (pictured right) said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that North Korea’s successful nuclear and missile tests over the past year “represents the most immediate threat to our homeland, and therefore remains NORTHCOM’s highest priority.” (US Air Force photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox/Released)
Tabb High Alumni: Terry Kirby
Kirby played football at Tabb High School, leading the team to a state championship in 1987. He was selected to USA Today’s All-America. All-USA team after his senior year in 1988. As of 2014, he holds the Virginia High School League records for most 100-yard rushing games, career (36), most consecutive 100-yard games (26), and career rushing attempts (995). He ranks fourth in career points scored, third in career touchdowns, and second in career rushing yards with 7,428. In 2007, he was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame.